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The 13 tombs of the Ming Dynasty are located 50kms north of Beijing. The site was chosen by the third Ming Dynasty emperor Yongle (1402–1424), who moved the capital of China from Nanjing to the present location of Beijing. The Ming Tombs were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in August 2003.

Badaling is the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall of China, approximately 80 km northwest of  Beijing city. It is the most well-preserved section of the Great Wall, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The portion of the wall at Badaling has undergone heavy restoration before becoming opened to tourists in 1957. It has drawn tens of millions of tourists both from home and abroad and more than 370 foreign leaders and celebrities have already visited it. In 1988, it was enlisted in the World Cultural Heritage Directory by UNESCO. On July 7, 2007, it gained the worldwide reputation once again: it was listed among the New Seven Wonders of the World.